The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation, a non-profit organization providing suicide prevention education and training in North Texas, provided research funding in the amount of $ 49,950 to Dr. Crystal Cooper , a researcher at the Cook Children’s Jane and the John Justin Neuroscience Center.
The study is titled: Cognitive biomarkers and neuroimaging of well-being in young people with and without epilepsy.
“Here at the Cook Children’s Neuroscience Research Center, we use the latest innovative developments in pediatric neuroimaging to understand the structure and function of the brain. On top of that, our physicians are invested in harnessing research knowledge to facilitate clinical care, ”Cooper said.
“Like depression, epilepsy is a common and diverse disorder with varying causes, treatments and outcomes. Multiple mental health issues are common in patients with epilepsy, with almost 50% of patients suffering from depression, ”he said.
In addition to mental health disorders in the general population, psychiatric disorders occur at high rates in patients with epilepsy, with nearly 50% of patients suffering from depression and 30% suffering from anxiety.
Additionally, a CDC study published in Epilepsy and Behavior reported a 22% higher suicide rate in people with epilepsy than in the general population, the foundation said in a press release.
Cooper’s work at the Cook Children’s Neuroscience Research Center, led by Dr. Christos Papadelis, links mental health and cognitive neuroscience to better understand and inform the clinical world’s ability to improve its precision treatment for these young patients.
Its work aligns with the centre’s primary goal of facilitating the development of methods, technologies and treatments to mitigate the negative effects of these diseases and, in some cases, cure them.
“We are very pleased to provide this funding for Dr. Cooper’s project and have the utmost respect for the groundbreaking research projects underway at the Cook Children’s Health Care System to support the health and well-being of children in our community.” , said Christina Judge, executive director of the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation.
The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation (The JEHF) is a 501 (c) (3) public charity and was established after the 2012 suicide of Jordan Harris of North Richland Hills, who was in his final year at the University of Michigan .
Her family discovered that there were no local programs available in Tarrant County offering evidence-based suicide prevention training and education and the foundation was founded in 2014 to take on this role. in Tarrant County. The services provided by the foundation are not duplicated in Tarrant County, according to a press release.